The Queen’s Birthday weekend 2021 can’t come soon enough, with the inaugural Hair Festival set to launch into the national salon industry scene, with a marketplace, education, competitions and networking events– meaning you can shop, learn, compete and connect all in one place.

That place has now been named, with iconic Sydney venue Carriageworks announced as the location of choice for the dynamic industry epicentre. The well-known venue is familiar to the hair industry as the site of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Sydney as well as various runway shows and high profile beauty events, constantly lending its storied halls to the progress of hair, beauty and fashion, while also hosting spaces for art, cuisine and must-attend festivals, markets, private events and soirées.

The urban locale offers a myriad of dynamic spaces to host the multitude of events in store for Hair Festival. Hair Festival and the Australian Hair Industry Awards (Creative) are taking over the space left by Hair Expo and the Hair Expo Awards, ensuring the June long weekend continues to belong to the hair community. Leading media and event experts, BHA Media (a subsidiary of The Intermedia Group, publisher of INSTYLE magazine and and Mocha Publishing (HairBiz magazine and Australian Hair Industry Awards [AHIAs]), will join together in this collaboration over the 2021 Queen’s Birthday.

Taking place on Sunday and Monday June 13 and 14 2021, the events will offer all of the activities the community has come to expect from its dedicated hair weekend.

Presented by BHA Media, a two-day marketplace will showcase exclusive innovations from a variety of hair and beauty industry brands, acting as a refreshed, product-focused and industry-specific buying experience.

A customised approach to à la carte education under the successful Real Talk Business platform, launched in 2019, will be showcased over the weekend. The esteemed format will present various speakers, topics and brands across both days of the event, with broader and more specific sessions to learn from at your leisure. A ‘festival style’ evening event on the Sunday night will prioritise industry networking and the celebratory nature of the weekend.

On the Monday night, the reinvigorated Australian Hair Industry Awards (AHIAs, Creative), presented by Mocha Publishing, will allow hairdressers to compete in creative awards categories, inspire attendees with trending looks and ensure the industry can revel in the glamour of Australian hair’s night of nights.

Follow the Hair Festival Instagram and Facebook pages, or register online, for all the upcoming info about the hugely anticipated June 2021 Sydney event, as well as future competitions and other goodies to start the festival a little early. Until then, write Carriageworks in big letters in your diary.

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